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Ancient History

What will I be doing in this course?

Preliminary course

The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate past people, groups, events, institutions, societies and historical sites through archaeological and written evidence by applying the methods used by historians and archaeologists.

The course comprises a study of:

PART I: Investigating sites and sources Investigating Sites and Sources - introduction to types of evidence, small investigations of archaeological sources and written sources.
  Case Studies (at least two case studies must be undertaken). We will study these two case studies: Investigating Aegean Legends,  and the site of Teotihuacan.
PART II:  Features of Ancient Societies At least two must be studied.  We will study the following three:
  Power and Image - Egyptian Pharaohs
Architecture and entertainment - the Colosseum
Changing warfare - the chariot in Egyptian warfare
PART III: Historical investigation

 Teacher demonstration of process using the tomb of Tutankhamen
Student independent investigation

HSC course

The course comprises a study of:
PART I: One Personality in Their Time - we will study the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten
PART II: One Ancient Society - we will study Bronze Age Minoan society
PART III: One Historical Period - we will study New Kingdom Egypt from Amenhotep III to Rameses II.
PART IV: Common Core Study – The Cities of Vesuvius

What should I be able to do at the end of the course?

You should be able to:

  • understand how past civilisations have influenced the ideas, beliefs and values of modern societies
  • critically evaluate various written and archaeological sources and make judgements based on the evidence
  • communicate logical arguments in both written and oral form
  • empathise with people from the past

How will this course help me in the future?

Ancient History develops excellent communication skills and teaches you to research and analyse material. Such a background is valuable for Law, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Personnel Management, Travel and Tourism, the Diplomatic Service and the Public Sector. As well, Education, Librarianship and Archaeology are possible career choices.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consist of a range of tasks, including extended writing tasks,  knowledge tests, source analysis and examinations. There are three formal assessments in the Preliminary course and four formal assessments in the HSC course.